Personal Growth

Wilderness First Aid

Congratulations to Venturers James H., Andrew M., and Evan S. as well as volunteers Lance McCold, Eduardo Padron, Sonny Schow, and George Shields on their successful two-year certification in Wilderness First Aid (“WFA”), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (“CPR”), and Automated External Defibrillation (“AED”).  We wish to thank our teacher, Larry Rose with Venturing Crew 50 and Boy Scout Troop 50, for his excellent instruction on May 12-13, 2017.

WFA is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available.  We learned how to assess, treat, and, when possible, contain emergencies in the wilderness.  Specifically, we learned the patient assessment system and what to do for chest injuries, shock, head (brain) and spinal injuries, bone and joint injuries, wounds and wound infection, abdominal problems, hypothermia, heat problems, lightning, altitude sickness, submersion incidents, and allergies and anaphylaxis.  We also received important recommendations about items to include in wilderness-specific first-aid kits.

CPR is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest.  Thanks to Larry’s instruction, we will not forget the mantra of CPR: hard, fast, deep compressions!

AED is the use of a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia in a patient and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.  We hope we will never need to use one of these devices, but, if it should become necessary, we’ll now “be prepared” to do so.

We anticipate arranging additional WFA classes for those Venturers who were unable to participate in this first class.


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